- The BALOO Training Syllabus (#34162) is out.
This is a One-Day Training event.
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Gathering time, set-up, registration
9:00 - 9:15 Opening Assembly
9:15 - 9:40 Aims and Purposes
9:40 - 10:25 Planning
10:25 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 11:10 Lunch Prep (Foil Packs)
11:10 - 11:55 Equipment
12:00 - 12:15 Campfire Planning
12:15 - 12:35 Lunch
12:35 - 1:20 Campfire
1:30 - 2:15 Health and Safety
2:15 - 3:00 Program
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:20 - 3:30 Round Robin, Intro
3:30 - 3:45 Round Robin, Session 1-- Fire Safety, Stoves, and Lanterns
3:50 - 4:05 Round Robin, Session 2-- First Aid and Sanitation
4:10 - 4:25 Round Robin, Session 3-- Nature Hikes and Games
4:30 - 4:45 Round Robin, Session 4-- Cub Scout Cooking
4:50 - 5:00 Recognition
Planning Your BALOO Training
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
It will be very important for you and your staff to understand the goal
this training and the pack camping activity it is geared to support. The
target participant is a new Cub Scout leader who has minimal camping
experience but wants to plan and carry out an entry level outdoor
for the pack. Successful completion of this training will result in
increased confidence and a willingness to plan a pack campout.
The goal of the pack camping activity is to provide a successful pack
camping outing that is:
* Based on the purposes of Cub Scouting
* Successful in whetting the appetite of the Cub Scout, his parents, and
leaders to want more of the outdoors.
The staff should also understand that this course is the first step in
evolving BSA camping training program and does not replace any existing
training, nor should it be merged with any other training. For this
to be implemented successfully, this training must retain a clear spot
the entry-level, introductory outdoor training of the BSA. This training
not intended as an overnight experience, but rather a preparation of the
Scout leader interested in learning about overnight camping activities.
Review chapter 10 of the Cub Scout Leader Book for more information and
background on this outdoor activity area.
By completing this training course, the participant will:
1. Understand the focus of the Cub Scout level of the BSA camping
2. Acquire the skills and confidence necessary to plan and carry out a
successful, first-time Cub Scout-level camping activity.
3. Increase his/her knowledge of the resources available from the BSA
other sources to carry out this activity.
4. Understand the requirements for successful completion of this
using national standards as guidelines.
The ideal location for this training course will combine an indoor
with adequate restroom facilities and classroom training areas with an
outdoor facility capable of supporting the campfire, lunch, and round
activities. An existing Scout camp with a training center will be ideal.
Select your location away from distractions and other activities. Obtain
necessary permits, including fire permits, as cooking is a scheduled
this activity. Arrange for wood or charcoal as necessary. Consider
the participants to bring water bottles, sun screen, etc.
The local council training committee should schedule this activity as
needed, depending on the number of units, facilities available, and
level. It is recommended that each pack have a BALOO-certified member of
pack leadership. It is also recommended that training be in the fall and
spring, as determined by location, weather conditions, and recruiting
practices. Once scheduled, promotion is essential.
Ideally, your target participant is a parent who is not already part of
pack leadership team. This position should be similar to the person in
charge of the pinewood derby, blue and gold dinner, or other special
activity. He or she may not have already attended Cub Scout Leader Basic
Training or Youth Protection training, but should be encouraged to do so
part of this training. He or she will be responsible for the success of
important activity and should be given adequate time to prepare. That is
to say that pack leaders are not welcome, but it will be important for
to convey this message as part of your promotion and planning.
Advance registration will help you plan for food, handouts, and
A registration form with contact information and camping background
questions may be helpful in arranging the training dens and planning the
round-robin sessions. Consider setting a deadline for registration.
There are a number of handouts in the appendix. Plan how you will
them. Wasted time passing out paper can be minimized by providing
in the order used, to the participants as part of a registration package
that they receive on arrival. Inexpensive binders or folders should be
provided to help organize the handouts. Local council handouts--such as
list of approved camping facilities--should also be provided as part of
package. It is a goal of this course for the newly trained leaders to
the necessary handouts at their fingertips when they leave. Do not
refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting, but rather provide them with the
necessary information and quote the source. The local council may decide
provide the Guide to Safe Scouting as part of this course of training.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of participants and staff is of primary
sure the staff is exhibiting the standards they will be teaching,
regarding the use of chemical fuels, stoves, and fires in general. Give
consideration to hazards on the paths between activities and at the
activities themselves. Be prepared for emergencies. See chapter 12 of
Cub Scout Leader Book for information on how to handle emergencies.
This campfire should be a model campfire, put on by members of your
You will be able to control the timing of the campfire better by using
staff members for the campfire. Of course the participants should be
included by using songs and stunts led by your staff. In some cases, the
participants may still be eating lunch during the campfire, so plan on
staff for this activity.
You should decide which type of evaluation will be more useful to you
your staff in evaluating this training session and preparing for this
training course next time. Consider preparing written forms for the
participants to complete at a designated part of the day. Staff
self-evaluations may also help you and your staff continue your
as trainers. See the "Plans and Methods" section of the Cub Scout Leader
Training Manual for information and sample forms. Have the forms ready
and consider passing them out for the participants to use on an ongoing
basis throughout the day. Schedule time after the course to review the
feedback with your staff.
This training course will be most helpful to its target audience if you
your staff personalize it for your council and probable camping areas.
Review the "Local Council Considerations" session.
This training course has a tight schedule. It is recommended that
neither add to nor delete from the course content. If your outdoor and
indoor facilities are some distance apart, it may be necessary to adjust
start times to accommodate traveling. Be sure to start on time and end
time. Starting a song five minutes before a break is over is a clever
get everyone back in place, on time. Set the tone by starting on time
the first session. Consider this when setting your arrival time in
promotional brochures and flyers.
Remember, your participants are coming to this training to be introduced
the outdoors, and quite possibly to Cub Scout training as a whole. The
attitude that you and your staff show them will create a learning
environment and help build the confidence they will need to succeed in
activity. Keep focused on the goals of this training and the pack
program, and have some good Cub Scout fun!
A - The Cub Scout Pack Camping Program
B - The Purposes of Cub Scouting
C - The Six Steps of Planning
D - Cub Scout Pack Campout Planning Calendar and Program Checklist
E - Pack Outing Evaluation
F - Foil Cooking
G - Sleeping Bags
H - Tents and Shelters
I - Cub Scout Outdoor Essentials
J - Campsite Considerations
K - Pack Camping Gear
L - Campfires
M - Sample Pack Approval Form
N - Leadership Requirements for Trips and Outings
O - Excerpts From Guide to Safe Scouting
P - The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
Q - Sample Pack Camping Agenda and Activity Worksheet
R - Outdoor Flag Ceremony Procedure
S - Sample "Scouts' Own" Service
T - Sanitation -- Round Robin
U - First Aid Kits
V - Themed Hike Ideas
W - Large Group Games
X - BSA Policy on the Use of Chemical Fuels
Y - Open Resources Fires Versus Cooking Stoves
Z - Trainer's